“Sharia police” does not break the law, German court rules
The group was arrested late 2014 after patrolling streets wearing orange safety jackets with the words “Sharia Police”, as they confronted locals to not enter dancing clubs and bars as well as telling people that they weren’t allowed to drink, smoke and listen to music. In general, enforcing sharia law.
The district court judged that they broke no laws and will not face prosecution. One specific law they would have broken is aimed at banning uniforms with political meaning, but the court ruled that these specific uniforms were not “suggestively militant or intimidating”.
A surprising conclusion to make, if one considers the fact that the leader of this group is one of the most well-known radicalist preachers in Germany, and is currently on trial in a separate case for terrorism-related offenses.
The extremist had his passport seized after pictures surfaced showing him posing with heavy weaponry in Syria. He is suspected of recruiting and radicalizing Muslims to join ISIS.